Touching pictures show dog left to drown by owner making remarkable recovery

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
·2-min read

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A Belgian shepherd is looking for a new home after recovering from her previous owner's attempt to drown her in a river.

Bella was found up to her neck in the River Trent with a carrier bag containing a rock tethered to her leash.

Jane Harper was passing by when she saw the dog and went into the water in Farndon, Nottinghamshire, to rescue her on the morning of 6 January last year.

Charlene Latham, formerly of Newark in Nottinghamshire, was spared jail for the incident.

Now living in Ilfracombe, Devon, the 32-year-old was given a 12-month community order, fined £80 and told to pay £200 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

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The rock Bella was tied to. (RSPCA/SWNS)
The rock Bella was tied to. (RSPCA/SWNS)
Jane Harper managed to get Bella onto a large stone. (RSPCA/SWNS)
Jane Harper managed to get Bella onto a large stone. (RSPCA/SWNS)

She was also disqualified from keeping a dog for three years at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Nottinghamshire Police took 11-year-old Bella, who had hypoglycaemia and was hypothermic, to a vet and she has since recovered from the ordeal. The vet believed she would not have survived without emergency treatment.

It is hoped she will find a new home to spend the rest of her days, having been transferred to the RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottingham.

Ella Carpenter, manager at Radcliffe Animal Centre, said Bella had been transformed during her recovery.

"At times we thought she just wouldn’t make it, with her age and underlying health conditions all against her.

"But Bella has fought every day, showing enviable strength and courage, not wanting to give up her fight to recover.

Jane Harper was reunited will Bella at the RSPCA centre. (RSPCA/SWNS)
Jane Harper was reunited will Bella at the RSPCA centre. (RSPCA/SWNS)
Bella has made a remarkable recovery. (RSPCA/SWNS)
Bella has made a remarkable recovery. (RSPCA/SWNS)

“We hope that she will now be able to live out the rest of her life with the love and respect that she has always deserved and are looking for that special forever home for Bella."

Ideally, the new owners will be local to the RSPCA centre so they can continue to support her care, have the finances to pay for vet treatments and experience of large breed dogs but with no other pets.

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